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Rainfall in Southern Europe May Bring Floods, AccuWeather Says

Rainfall in southern Europe in the three days through Nov. 6 may trigger damaging floods, forecaster said.

Northern and central Italy, southern France and northern Spain will get the heaviest rains, locally exceeding 10 centimeters (4 inches), Jim Andrews, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, wrote in a note on the forecaster’s website today.

“Rainfall this high is capable of significant flooding, especially if it happens within a day or less,” Andrews wrote. “During bouts of excessive rain, runoff can race down steep slopes, turning streams into dangerous torrents.”

Italy last week declared a state of emergency in northwestern areas after parts of Tuscany and Liguria were hit by mudslides and floods following heavy rain.

The highest rainfall in the next three days is likely to be in hilly coastal areas as well as foothills and mountains, from the Alps and Apennines to the Pyrenees and Cantabrian Range in Spain, according to AccuWeather.

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